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By Kim Voynar

Things with Weddings

I’ve been a little swamped lately with last minute details for my daughter Meg’s wedding on July 23. Being financially strapped 20-somethings has forced Meg and her fiance Dick to plan their wedding creatively while still making it memorable. She’s gotten a lot of ideas off Offbeat Bride, and I’ve been really impressed with the ideas she’s incorporated to give the wedding a unique stamp.

Meg and Dick are comic geeks, so their friend Trudi Scruggs made a comic book invite (left) and this “Save the Date” comic panel for them. She totally captured Meg and Dick’s personalities, too. The officiant will double as the DJ, the cake and cupcakes are being made by a friend and her mom, a friend who’s trying to start up a brewery is making the beer, another friend is cooking the brisket for the BBQ at the wedding reception, yet another is serving as the photographer.

We’re setting up an inexpensive photobooth using Mike’s laptop, this software, and a photo printer, so that guest can have a keepsake and Meg and Dick can put everyone’s silly photostrips into their scrapbook.

The wedding itself will be a smallish, simple affair of 100 guests in an inexpensive (seriously, you’d be surprised how inexpensive if you saw it), but lovely venue that’s on the National Historic Register. The venue is two blocks from the Kirkland waterfront, so the wedding party will walk down to the water for pictures after the ceremony. Meg’s expensive veil and tiara were stolen out of the moving van when they moved to their new apartment, so she decided to make her own veil, a birds nest veil with a fascinator.

Last night we had a craft night with Dick’s mom Tess and the bridesmaids to make the bouquets. Meg decided she wanted bouquets that would be awesome looking and keepsakey, so we used a tutorial to make paper roses. The petals were punched out of pages of a copy of Anne’s House of Dreams, the Anne of Green Gables book where Anne and Gilbert finally get married. The Anne series is Meg’s favorite, as it is mine (if she and Dick ever have a little daughter, they will name her Cordelia Anne).

We sprayed the paper roses with a red floral spray that gave them the color we wanted, while still allowing the words to show through a little. Then after that dried, we sprayed a coat of red Glitter Blast to give them some sparkle. The finished roses went on stems of floral wire, and then Meg and her bridesmaids will add sequins and black or silver glitter, silver silk rosebuds, black feathers, and black and silver ribbon to custom design their own bouquets. Neve, Dick’s mom and I made fascinators for our hair and a corsage for my mom while we were there.
This is how they came out, I really like how they look.

We’re two weeks off from the wedding today. We’ve bought everything for the fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner other than the food, and I’m almost done finalizing the menu for that. Bouquets are getting done. Meg’s dress is almost done being altered. My dress (long, pewter-silver, strapless and flowy) is hanging in my closet. Everything is organized for the wedding and reception, with an organized punchlist of to-dos for that. The bachelor and bachelorette bashes are planned. The honeymoon weekend hotel for Meg and Dick in downtown Seattle has been reserved, and tickets to the Capitol Hill Block Party purchased; their more official honeymoon is in Vegas over Labor Day weekend, courtesy of Dick’s dad. We’ve got two more frantic weeks of last-minute things to do, and then the rush of wedding day celebrating, and then it will be over and my daughter will be Meg Phillips. And we couldn’t be happier to be adding Dick, who’s a wonderful and kind partner to Meg and a great stepdad for my grandson Brandon, to our family tree. Happy wedding, Meg and Dick … 14 days and counting.

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